Category: Dunwoody Reporter

Dunwoody seeks buyers for North Shallowford office building

A city-owned office building at 4555 North Shallowford Road in Dunwoody is on the market to the highest bidder. The City Council voted last month tosell the building, which is now being leased by Emory Healthcare. Emory’s lease expires in 2024. Bids are being accepted through Nov. 1. No specific plans have been made for what to do with the money should the building sell, but city consensus is centering on using it for capital improvements, such as parks. “We are talking of [using the money] for serious capital improvements, not on day-to-day funding,” Councilmember Jim Riticher said at...

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Dunwoody mayoral, City Council races set for Nov. 5

Dunwoody voters will see contested races for the mayor’s office and two City Council seats this fall as qualifying wrapped up Aug. 21. The only uncontested race is in District 3, where incumbent John Heneghan is the only candidate. Those who qualified are: For mayor: Lynn Deutsch and Terry Nall For City Council District 1 (open seat): Stacey Harris and Robert Miller For City Council District 2 (open seat): Joe Seconder and Heyward Wescott For City Council District 3: John Heneghan (incumbent) Evelyn M. Montgomery qualified to run for the District 2 seat on Aug. 20, but withdrew on...

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Anti-Defamation League regional director to speak Aug. 29 at MJCCA

Allison Padilla-Goodman, the regional director of the Anti-Defamation League’s Southeast Regional Office, will speak on “Standing Up to Hatred and Anti-Semitism” on Aug. 29 at the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta, located in Dunwoody. The talk is from 10:30 a.m. to noon and is part of the MJCCA’s Active Mature Adults department’s KnowlEdgewise Speaker Series. The MJCCA is at 5342 Tilly Mill Road. The program is free to MJCCA members and $5 for the community. Padilla-Goodman has worked as a sociologist, focusing on race relations, migration, public education and urban development before joining the ADL, according to a...

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DeKalb Schools teacher charged with child molestation at Perimeter Mall

Dunwoody Police have arrested a Tucker Middle School teacher and accused him of child molestation against a teenager at Perimeter Mall Aug. 4. Devin Lecorry Johnson, 28, of Mableton, was arrested Aug. 20. He is charged with child molestation, enticing a child and obstruction of officers, according to Dunwoody Police spokesperson Sgt. Robert Parsons. The school district has begun the process of firing Johnson from his teaching job as a result of his arrest, according to a written statement from the DeKalb County School District. According to Parsons, a teenager reported to police that a man approached him in...

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Former Dunwoody Perimeter Chamber chair joins race for City Council seat

Heyward Wescott, a former chair of the Dunwoody Perimeter Chamber of Commerce, is running for City Council, saying he wants to focus on infrastructure improvements in the Dunwoody Village area. Wescott and Joe Seconder are the candidates who have filed so far for the open District 2 at large seat. More candidates may yet join the race, as qualifying continues through Aug. 21. “I would like to be a champion for improved infrastructure around the Village,” Wescott said in an interview. Amenities like benches, new sidewalks and street lighting would help the area, he said. “The Village is the...

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Dunwoody mayor, council races shape up as qualifying begins

Dunwoody voters will see contested races for the mayor’s office and two open City Council seats this fall, as candidates lined up on the first day of qualifying. More candidates may yet emerge as qualifying continues through Aug. 21. Those qualifying Aug. 19 are: For mayor: Lynn Deutsch and Terry Nall For City Council District 1 (open seat): Stacey Harris and Robert Miller For City Council District 2 (open seat): Joe Seconder and Heyward Wescott For City Council District 3: John Heneghan (incumbent) All the council seats are at-large seats, which means they are represented by someone living in...

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DeKalb Schools seeks input on E-SPLOST budget, potential $265M bond

Increasing construction costs are forcing the DeKalb County School District to find ways to cover costs for education special purpose local option sales tax approved by voters three years ago, including the possibility of asking them to vote next year on a potential $265 million general obligation bond. School administrators are holding a series of public meetings to discuss E-SPLOST options that also include delaying certain projects. A meeting at Chamblee High School, 3688 Chamblee-Dunwoody Road, is set for Aug. 27 at 7 p.m. For other meeting locations, visit www.dekalbschoolsga.org/e-splost/e-splost-and-go-bond-2019/. A key part of the proposed options is a...

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Photos: Dunwoody Nature Center’s Butterfly Festival a success

The annual Butterfly Festival attracted approximately 4,000 people to the Dunwoody Nature Center on Aug. 17, according to organizers, where visitors interacted with hundreds of live butterflies located in three tents. Other activities included games, crafts, live animal encounters, music and food. Photos by Phil Mosier.   Helen Andrews, 4, watches a butterfly land on her hand at the annual Butterfly Festival held Aug. 17 at the Dunwoody Nature Center. Hundreds of live butterflies were kept in tents for visitors to view. Susan Graham, left, and Amy Andrews were just two of the some 4,000 people who atteneded the...

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DeKalb Schools employee investigated after attempted molestation is reported at Perimeter Mall

Dunwoody Police are investigating a DeKalb County School District employee for allegedly trying to molest a teenager at Perimeter Mall earlier this month, according to DCSD’s administration. Sgt. Robert Parsons of Dunwoody Police said Aug. 19 the department is looking into a possible suspect, but did not give further information. No arrest has been made, he said. DCSD said in a written statement that an employee informed the district the weekend of Aug. 16 that he was being investigated for criminal conduct at Perimeter Mall. “Throughout the weekend, DCSD Public Safety worked swiftly with the city of Dunwoody Police...

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Online permitting for residents, contractors now available in Dunwoody

Residents and contractors needing permits for construction projects in Dunwoody, ranging from building a new deck to a new office building, can now file necessary forms and payments online. “We want to make the permit and inspections process more convenient for everyone,” said Community Development Director Richard McLeod in a press release. “Instead of making a special trip to City Hall to file, the forms can be submitted online. This streamlines the process for applicants and staff.” The online process also helps eliminate giant rolls of paper that include construction plans for major development projects, McLeod said. The online...

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Qualifying for Dunwoody council races set for Aug. 19-21

Dunwoody’s mayoral and three City Council seats are up for election this year, with qualifying set for Aug. 19-21. Those interested in running can file to qualify at City Hall, 4800 Ashford-Dunwoody Road, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on those three days. The election is Nov. 5. The qualifying fees are 3% of the annual incomes for the elected officials — $480 for mayor and $360 for council seats. The mayor is paid $16,000 a year; council members are paid $12,000. Councilmembers Terry Nall and Lynn Deutsch have announced they are running for mayor. Incumbent Denis Shortal said...

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Dunwoody crime reports, July 28-Aug. 11

From Dunwoody Police reports through July 28 through Aug. 11. The following information was pulled from Dunwoody’s Police-2-Citizen website. Larceny/Shoplifting/Theft  200 block of Perimeter Center Parkway — On July 28, in the early morning, parts were stolen from a car. 4400 block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road — On July 29, in the afternoon, a shoplifting incident was reported. 4400 block of Chamblee-Dunwoody Road — On July 29, in the evening, items were stolen from a car. 4400 block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road — On July 29, in the evening, a shoplifting incident was reported. 4400 block of Chowning Way — On...

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